The censorship of right wing news continues, as liberal internet giants Google and Facebook plan to yank advertising from sites they disagree with.
Facebook and Google have already been in hot water over their left-leaning policies this election cycle. Facebook came under heavy scrutiny after it was discovered that they were employing a team of “scrubbers” to weed out trending conservative news stories from their “trending topics” display, rather, giving preference to news from a liberal standpoint.
Google’s auto-fill search results have been constantly manipulated throughout the past year to omit terms detrimental to Hillary Clinton, although the web traffic associated with those searches indicate that the phrases were popular enough to be included.
Now the two are working in tandem to exclude what they are deeming “fake” news sites from utilizing their AdSense advertising programs. The idea will be that these two corporations will use their own secret parameters to categorize news websites, scrubbing those that they deem “fake” from the advertising system. This will, in turn, starve out whomever Google wishes to, leaving a massive gap in the internet for liberally-biased stories to fill.
“Alphabet Inc’s Google (GOOGL.O) and Facebook Inc (FB.O) on Monday announced measures aimed at halting the spread of ‘fake news’ on the internet by targeting how some purveyors of phony content make money: advertising.
“Google said it is working on a policy change to prevent websites that misrepresent content from using its AdSense advertising network, while Facebook updated its advertising policies to spell out that its ban on deceptive and misleading content applies to fake news.
“The shifts comes as Google, Facebook and Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) face a backlash over the role they played in the U.S. presidential election by allowing the spread of false and often malicious information that might have swayed voters toward Republican candidate Donald Trump.”
As it turns out, the election of republican Donald Trump, in a landslide, mind you, was the impetus for the change in policy. While Facebook and Google deny any influence on the election itself, their new policy explicitly hopes to change that noninterventionist stance, and could very well be considered a threat to freedom of speech.
This is, of course, just a macrocosm of the entire news-entertainment complex and its inherent issues. Google and Facebook are no different than MSNBC and CNN when it comes to entertaining the American people in hopes of lining their coffers with advertising dollars. This emphatically shapes the direction of the coverage of actual news in all of these corporations, leaning toward sensationalism and a focus on the absurd or tabloid-esque.
In the end, the need for the almighty dollar is robbing We The People of differing opinions in our news coverage. Should Google and Facebook begin their crackdown on “fake” news by targeting only conservative organizations, it will be simple enough to understand that true motivation behind their self-imposed regulations.
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